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Hinglaj Bhavani is among the 51 Shaktipeeths of Goddess Sati one of the most sacred shrines.

Located in the Hinglaj District of Balochistan province, it is situated in the middle of Hingol National Park. It is the largest Hindu Pilgrimage in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

According to ancient texts, when lord Vishnu cut the body of Sati into 51 parts, Hinglaj is the place where Sati’s head falls. The Deity Resides in a cave. It is believed that Ma Hinglaj Devi comes here to take a bath. Along with Bhavani, Shiva is rendered in name of Bimlochan Bhairav Idols of Shri Ganesh & Ma Kali also exists in the cave.

Muslims of Balochistan used to Worship Goddess Hinglaj for a long time and called her “Nani’.

The path to reach here is through a narrow valley which is very difficult but devotees visit this temple throughout the year. During Nawrathas, a fair is held where thousands of Hindus & Muslims come together while a large population belongs to Sindhi Community.

Since Sati’s Head fell in this area, only Mother’s Head is visible and worshipped. It is a belief that many Invaders tried to demolish this place and met with dangerous consequences. Hinglaj Devi has been mentioned in many scriptures, texts and cinemas too. This temple is said to be more than 2000 years old.

However,  a lot of Sanatani Hindus also have a legend where Sati was married to Lord Shiva despite the latter refusing. So when Daksha organized a great yagna and did not Shiva and Sati she was upset. She went to the Yagna uninvted and when ignored, immolated herself and in the process activating her chakras.

Panoramic view of Hinglaj Mata Temple in PoK

Over time, extremism and radicalism have become bitter realities, but despite this, the faith and belief of any community have not diminished.  However to induce peace and happiness, one can ask for a Manokamna from any Goddess .